|Friends of Herring River|
|Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts|
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The release of the final EIR initiates a 30-day review period pursuant to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).. The purpose of this review is to confirm that the EIR was appropriately revised in response to the MEPA scope, which consolidates state agencies’ comments on the Draft EIR.
Please note that this notice and review period is independent from the federal notice and publication process for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The federal process will be initiated by the publication of National Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency Federal Register Notices. The latter notice will initiate a 30-day no action period. Following this no action period, a federal Record of Decision may be signed.
Click here to view the Environmental Impact Report
A five minute Flyover of the Herring River Estuary is now on a YouTube Video. It was produced by Roland Duhaime at the University of Rhode Island with help from FHR Board Member, John Portnoy. The flyover will be shown at the beginning of each of the summer libraary seminar series. We welcome your comments.
Note that you can select to have it run at High Definition quality by clicking on the gear icon at the base of the video. You will then need to select 780p HD.
For the past eight years, The Friends of Herring River have sponsored a volunteer count of the spring spawning herring
run on the Herring River. Over 25 volunteers joined together to make the project a success. The herring project has two goals. The first is a pre-restoration monitoring of herring. We expect and hope that the run will significantly benefit from removal of the present dike to allow free flows into the Herring River salt marshes. The second goal is to work with the state Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) to rebuild populations of endangered river herring.
We compiling final counts from the volunteers. The data will be submitted for analysis to DMF through the Cape runs coordinator, Jo Ann Muramoto, at the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.
Thank you to all volunteers who conducted the count - your work is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you at future FHR activities and again next spring on the river.
This was also the third year that we have been following the work of Derrick Alcott, a PhD student at the Conte Anadromous Research Center in Greenfield, MA. Derrick has been tagging herring in the harbor in order to obtain details on the passage of the fish on their way up to the Gull Ponds breeding center. His work has shown that the culverts east of Route 6, at Old Kings Highway and Patience Brook, are barriers to herring migration. As the river east of Route 6 is not part of the current restoration project, Friends of Herring River are investigation ways to facilitate the herring run on that part of the river. Derrick will be presenting his work at the Wellfleet Harbor Conference on November 5 starting 9 am at the Wellfleet Elementary School in Wellfleet.
In 1976, Dorothy Sterling, a Wellfleet resident and author, wrote a book titled "Our Cape Cod Salt Marshes" in cooperation with The Association to Preserve Cape Cod. It's a wonderful history and description of our local marshes.
Click here to view a copy, or check it out in our Library. Well worth reading.
Following our successful spring presentations, there will be a series of seminars this summer at the Wellfleet Library. Topics will include horseshoe crabs, rare birds, science monitoring and our aquifer.
Dates are July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 and 8, 4:30 - 5:30 at the Wellfleet Public Library. Hope to see you there! Reservations are not necessary.
Friends of Herring River has an office on the corner of Route 6 and Old Kings Highway in South Welllfleet. The office is open daily from 9 am to 1 pm and is used regularly by Friends' and the project team for meetings and conducting restoration business. If we're there, drop in and see us.
If you have questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 508 214 0656.